After Paul Casey claimed his first European Tour win since 2014 at the European Open, we turn our focus to the KLM Open in the Netherlands. Despite the PGA Tour returning to action, there are plenty of marquee names in the field.
Venue: The International, Amsterdam
Date: September 12-15, 2019
Course stats: Par 73, 7,000 yards
Course summary: Designed by Ian Woosnam in 2012, the layout features plenty of water, coming into play on 10 holes. There are five par 5s on the scorecard so plenty of opportunity to make eagle
Purse: €1.8 million
Defending champion: Ashun Wu (-16)
Thursday: Sky Sports Golf, 10.30am and 2.30pm
Friday: Sky Sports Golf, 10.30am
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf, 12pm
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf, 12pm
KLM Open betting tips: Joe’s players to follow
There’s no course form for this week’s venue as this is the first time that the KLM Open has been hosted there. Nevertheless, there are plenty of signs which could lead to success in the betting this week.
Sam Horsfield (28/1 with bet365) is an interesting prospect this week. The Englishman has been in very respectable form recently with two top 10s in his last four starts.
Last year at this event, he made the weekend but a dreadful Saturday 77 saw him settle for a share of 64th and this time around I think it could be much better.
One of the course’s primary defences are the tough greenside bunkers and so far this season, the 22-year-old has made par from the sand 58% of the time.
It’s only a matter of time before Haydn Porteous (35/1) offers a nice return on an each-way bet, which he was close to doing a few weeks back when tied for 11th at the Czech Masters.
Porteous’ consistent run of made cuts gives me confidence that he’ll be seeing the week out in the Netherlands and if he is able to play consistently throughout then he has a real chance.
Tied 28th at last year’s event, he is clearly comfortable playing in the Netherlands and can excel on a layout like the International’s.
With five places for each-way bets on offer and at those odds I am more than happy to throw a couple of quid at him.
Despite not being held at this venue last year, Chris Wood (100/1) will be looking to follow-up last season’s runner-up finish.
The Englishman hasn’t really been challenging this year and this was largely due to some time spent on the side lines.
However, in his last two outings he has made the cut and shown some glimpses of a return to form in performances that have led to finishes of tied 69th and tied 53rd.
Perhaps a visit to a country and event that he has recently experienced a good degree of success may be the key to a better week.
Finally Ashley Chesters (90/1) will be looking to carry over his good form from last week’s European Open where he played his way into a share of 9th place.
The Englishman finished on the same score as Porteous last year, also finishing 28th and that decent performance coupled with the momentum gained last week could be a signal for a good week.
A few weeks earlier at the Czech Open, Chesters finished in a tie for 18th, and while consistency hasn’t been his strong point this season we know he’s capable.
Again, this looks like an each-way chance rather than an outright win, but like Wood he offers good value for the place hunters.